Call for Papers ISA Sociology of Religion (RC22), Toronto July 2018.

NOW OPEN – Call for Papers/Abstracts: ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion (RC22)

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology

Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities

Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018



Religion, Power, and Resistance: New Ideas for a Divided World


Program Coordinators:

Anna Halafoff, Deakin University, Australia

Sam Han, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Caroline Starkey, University of Leeds, UK

Current environmental, economic, social, and political challenges indicate that people are losing faith in existing power structures and mechanisms for coping with crises. This creates increasingly divided societies, riven by ideological battles for the future of the human and the more than human world. Religion has a place in this picture. Not only is it often a source of divisions; it can also be a source for alternative means of addressing them.

These divisions take new and as yet unclear shapes, which sociologists are only now beginning to comprehend. It is not enough to refer to the struggle between ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’, terms that dominated sociology through the 1970s. Nor do the tropes ‘colonialism vs. anti-colonialism’ and the ‘clash of civilizations’ adequately explain what is going on. Nor, arguably, does ‘populism vs neo-liberalism’ fully capture such things as the recent clashes between cosmopolitan and anticosmopolitan actors in the major Western democracies. Each of these has a piece of the picture; none of them captures it all.

What is religion’s role in this situation: as a creator of divisions, as a locus of power, and as a ground of resistance?  How does religion influence our divided societies? How is religion influenced in turn?

We invite paper abstract submissions for the following RC22 sessions:

Dynamics of Gender, Religion and Intersectionality

Gender, Feminism, and Islam and the West

Media and Religious Radicalization: Gatekeeping and the Construction of Extremism

Prejudice, Exclusion and Violence in a Transnational World

Religion and Migration: Contrasting the First and Second Generations

Religion and National Identity

Religion and Secularity

Candlelight Revolution and Religion in South Korea

Religion and Non-Violent Social Movements

Religion, Gender and Family Violence

Religion in the East Asian Public Sphere

Religion in the Public Square

Religious Texts of Diversity Vs Exclusion

Social Theory and Religion


We will also be including the following invited sessions in our RC22 program:

Presidential Address: Whither the Sociology of Religion? (Invited Session)

Session Organizer: James SPICKARD, University of Redlands, USA

Religion and Diversity: An International Study (Invited Session)

Session Organizer: Lori BEAMAN, University of Ottawa, Canada

Diffused Religion. Beyond Secularization – Author Meets Critic Session (Invited Session)

Session Organizer: Roberto CIPRIANI, University Roma Tre, Italy

The Case for an Indeterminate Sociological Theory of Religion (Invited Session)

Session Organizer: Tak-ling WOO, York University, Canada


The ISA CONFEX website site will be accepting paper abstracts between 25 April and 30 September, 2017 24:00 GMT.

Please address any questions to the Program Coordinators:

Anna Halafoff:

Sam Han:

Caroline Starkey:

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